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What Can I Take For A Sinus Infection
Nasal saline spray: Many sinus infections are viral. Over-the-counter medications can make you more comfortable, like anti-inflammatory meds (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) and decongestants (puedoephedrine). Steam and nasal irrigation can help. If your symptoms worsen or persist for more than 7-10 days, you may need antibiotics for a bacterial infection. ...Read more
In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more
Most OTC cold meds: For normal healthy people, over-the-counter medicines for colds are ok, as long as one follows the labels' instructions, and is not using more than one medicine of each type. Fever/pain reducers include Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin. Cough meds include Robitussin (some people use DM, some avoid it). Decongestant/antihistamine combinations include Claritin-D, Zyrtec-D, Benadryl +/- phenylephrine, Sudafed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Consult your Doctor: Sinuses are air filled spaces that surround the nasal cavity, if infection gets in theses cavities than you have sinus infection.If you have sinus infection you need to see your doctor to make sure you have sinus infection and if so, you will need to be treated with proper course of antibiotics.So consult your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: Decongestants can be helpful, but rinsing the nose with salt water can be even more helpful. There are low-volume sprays available in the drug store such as ocean spray or simply saline. High- volume rinsing with a neilmed bottle or neti pot are often even better. You need to see your physician if your symptoms lasts more than two weeks or you develop fever or facial headaches. ...Read more
Prescriptions: I would let your dentist know and typically pain meds and antibiotics are rxed. Over the counter advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) will also hold you over. There are no meds that will "cure" a typical toothache. For a long term solution, see your dentist. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Xylitol solution: Try inhaling a warm solution of 1/4 tsp xylitol in a pint of water into your nose-not into your lungs. Gargle with the same solution. ...Read more
Antibiotics : A diagnosed sinus infection will resolve with the appropriate systemic (oral) antibiotics. As far as nasal congestion ; occasional sneezing, as long as you don't have narrow angle (occludable angle potential) then you may take otc decongestants ; antihistamines. I also find nettie pot saline nasal lavage comforting too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: How did you know you have an ear infection? If a doctor had seen you and made the diagnosis, you should follow his/her advice. If you have pain but have not seen the doctor yet, you don't know if it is a middle ear infection caused by bacteria or viruses, or an external ear infection. The treatment is different for each of those conditions. You need to see a doctor if you have not yet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinusitis: Acute sinus infections often are viral and do not need antibiotic therapy. Decongestants, nasal sprays, mucolytics, help reduce the inflammation and help secretions drain and resolve the infection. If symptoms persist for more than 2-3 weeks, it might be necessary to consider antibiotics for bacterial infection. A variety of antibiotics may be used, you should discuss with your provider. ...Read more
Many antipyretics: Tylenol(acetaminophen), motrin(ibuprofen), aleve(naproxen), and Aspirin are considered antipyretics--fever-reducing medications. In the recommended dosage, Acetaminophen is probably considered safest. Fever is cause by many infections, diseases, and even medications. So, if it is too high or lasting too long, consult your doc. Keep good hydration as fever causes additional fluid loss. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I think i may have a sinus infection i currently take cyproheptadine for my seasonal allergies... Will this same medication work for a sinus infection?
No: Cyproheptadine is an older and very sedating antihistamine. It is safe in pregnancy and is used to treat "cold induced" hives. There are many other (better) choices for allergies. That being said, it is very drying and could prolong your sinus infection. I would suggest you consider either doing nasal saline irrigations, add a mucous thinning agent, or take a decongestant instead. ...Read more
Antihistamines: A sinus infection is usually treated with antibiotics prescribed by a physician if they are bacterial in origin. Treatment is usually symptomatic. Antihistaminics like zyrtec, Claritin, (loratadine) allegra... can help with drainage, saline flushes can help clear up the congestion and zinc lozenges or chloraseptic sprays can help ease the pain of the sore throat. No improvement? See PCP. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infections: It is not easy to be sure if you have a sinus infection but some of the symptoms are stuffiness, pressure over your sinuses, head ache and a lengthy persistence of the symptoms. Ear infections often hurt and often cause a decrease in you hearing . To be sure and treat it properly go see you doctor. ...Read more
OTC cold meds: Most over the counter cold medications combine antihistamines, decongestants and cough suppressants. People with hypertension should avoid those with pseudoephedrine. Guaifenesin is available is some preparations and is a great addition to the combination as it can thin secretions and promote drainage (MUST drink plenty of water for this to work properly). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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